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Former Louisiana College students accused of defrauding school of CARES Act funds

Two former Louisiana College students were indicted by a federal grand jury and accused of stealing other students’ identification numbers and information to defraud the private school of CARES Act relief funds.

Hayden Philip Breaux, 21, of Houma, and D’Quincy Marquis Jones, 23, of Baton Rouge, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit identity theft and five counts of identity theft by a grand jury in Shreveport, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana Alexander C. Van Hook said in a statement.

Breaux and Jones are accused of working with co-conspirators to use Louisiana College student identification numbers and passwords for nine students to apply for CARES Act emergency financial aid grants and “fraudulently obtain CARES Act funds for their own use” between June 5 and June 20. Once the grants were secured, they directed them to bank accounts belonging to Breaux, Jones and others associated with the scheme, the statement said.

Louisiana College is a private Baptist college in Pineville with a student population of about 1,200 students, according to the school’s website.

Read more: https://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/news/crime_police/article_05d0fd32-8e74-11eb-a0fd-d3a100c25acd.html

After Tulane suspended a Black female doctor, medical community erupts with racism, bias claims

The Tulane University School of Medicine residency program, where doctors fresh from medical school embark on the last leg of their training, promotes itself as a diverse institution that aims to reflect the population of New Orleans.

The school’s website refers to the importance of serving New Orleans’ large Black population. And Tulane has had some success in attracting doctors of color. In 2014, a combined residency program in pediatrics and internal medicine recruited the school’s first ever all-minority, all-female cohort.

“We strive to get our practitioners to look like the people we take care of,” said an administrator in an online video aimed at attracting residents to the internal medicine program, one of 19 residencies at the 186-year-old institution.

But last month, the dismissal of Dr. Princess Dennar, a Black program director who ran the school’s internal medicine-pediatrics residency before a committee voted to remove her, sparked an outcry that has challenged those claims of inclusivity.

Read more: https://www.nola.com/news/healthcare_hospitals/article_b6ccf066-8d73-11eb-85b0-6728a33075e1.html

Attack ad accuses Troy Carter of 'partying' with tax dollars; he calls it 'out of touch'

A direct mail attack piece sent just before the March 20 congressional primary contained several head-scratching details that has left the campaign of state Sen. Troy Carter criticizing the prominent national women’s organization behind it.

“This is an unfortunate example of how out of touch the Washington, D.C.-based PAC supporting Karen Carter Peterson is with the people of Louisiana,” Victoria Short Coulon, Carter’s campaign manager, said in an email.

The super PAC of EMILY’s List, which aims to elect pro-abortion rights female Democrats, designed the unflattering mailer to pull voters from Carter by saying he had gone on a mid-1990s junket to Los Angeles on the taxpayer’s dime, with other city officials, as a member of the New Orleans City Council.

“The award for partying with taxpayer money goes to…TROY CARTER,” read the mailer against the silhouette of an Oscar.

Read more: https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/article_6e46b4ae-8e85-11eb-8d78-d712baeba042.html

Louisiana coastal restoration curbed by too little sediment; these states have too much

Tucked between South Dakota and Nebraska is a whole lot of what could be Louisiana.

A growing mountain’s worth of Missouri River silt and sand that would have flowed to the Mississippi River and down to Louisiana has instead been trapped behind a border dam 85 miles southwest of Sioux Falls. The pile pressed against Gavins Point Dam won’t be spreading across the Mississippi Delta, where it could help rebuild Louisiana’s unraveling coastline.

“How much is there now is a number that can’t be comprehended,” said river engineer Rollin Hotchkiss. But the rate at which the sediment pile grows is an exhaustively studied and “mind-boggling” fact. About 5 million tons of sediment flows into the reservoir behind the dam each year. That’s enough material to fill the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to the rafters. Pour that much sediment across the Louisiana coast, as the state did during the restoration of Scofield Island in 2013, and it would create more than a square mile of new land.

And Gavins Point is only the smallest in a chain of six dams built between the 1940s and 1960s to tame a river that drains a vast basin stretching into 10 states and two Canadian provinces. While the Gavins dam reservoir is filling up fast and causing a range of problems – from flooding roads to raising the groundwater table – the upriver reservoirs have much larger capacities that could take on sediment well beyond the next century. The full load of trapped sediment on the Missouri is almost unfathomable.

Read more: https://www.nola.com/news/environment/article_497596b2-8d69-11eb-85a0-5f157115365e.html

Louisiana pays $52k to woman who says former New Orleans judge groped her

Byron C. Williams retains judicial retirement benefits despite being suspended for 18 months


An executive assistant in the Orleans Criminal District Court said she was sitting at her desk talking to the state office that handles employee health care benefits over the phone, when she felt someone else’s finger creep up her side and start touching the middle of her chest. She jumped, looked up and saw then-Judge Byron C. Williams running out of the room.

Moments later, while she was still on the phone with the same state office, the woman said she felt a hand cup her breast and start rubbing upwards. Once again, she was startled, looked up and saw Williams running out of the room for a second time, according to lawsuits the woman filed in state and federal court.

The alleged misconduct took place in July of 2017, the woman said. Williams, who resigned last year, has denied it occurred at all.

But in July of 2020, the state of Louisiana agreed to pay the woman $52,500 in order to avoid a courtroom battle over Williams’ behavior and, more broadly, whether the Orleans Criminal District Court did enough to address his alleged behavior.

Read more: https://lailluminator.com/2021/03/26/louisiana-pays-52k-to-woman-who-says-former-new-orleans-judge-groped-her/

Shooter at Kansas Jewish centers appeals death sentence

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — An avowed anti-Semite who shot three people to death at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites in 2014 is asking the Kansas Supreme Court to overturn his death sentence, saying he should not have been allowed him to represent himself at trial.

The appeal from Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. is scheduled to go before the state Supreme Court on Monday. He was convicted of one count of capital murder, three counts of attempted murder, and assault and weapons charges in August 2015.

Miller’s attorneys argue that the Johnson County Court judge who oversaw his trial should not have allowed him to represent himself. They say the judge did not consider whether Miller had mental health issues that would make him incompetent to represent himself in a complex capital case.

Miller, from Aurora, Missouri, also argues that the judge should have allowed him to present mitigating evidence during the penalty phase, and that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/race-and-ethnicity-kansas-city-shootings-trials-kansas-3b123e6af54d36eb8ca26805d863c064

Shooter at Kansas Jewish centers appeals death sentence

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — An avowed anti-Semite who shot three people to death at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites in 2014 is asking the Kansas Supreme Court to overturn his death sentence, saying he should not have been allowed him to represent himself at trial.

The appeal from Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. is scheduled to go before the state Supreme Court on Monday. He was convicted of one count of capital murder, three counts of attempted murder, and assault and weapons charges in August 2015.

Miller’s attorneys argue that the Johnson County Court judge who oversaw his trial should not have allowed him to represent himself. They say the judge did not consider whether Miller had mental health issues that would make him incompetent to represent himself in a complex capital case.

Miller, from Aurora, Missouri, also argues that the judge should have allowed him to present mitigating evidence during the penalty phase, and that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/race-and-ethnicity-kansas-city-shootings-trials-kansas-3b123e6af54d36eb8ca26805d863c064

Don't Tread on Me license plate draws concerns from Kansas legislators for 'vile, racist' connection

TOPEKA — A bill passed Thursday by the Senate allowing Kansas to print “Don’t Tread on Me” license plates came under scrutiny by Democrats for its association with a former slave owner.

Under House Bill 2166, several types of distinctive license plates would be authorized to support state educators and veterans, and raise money to fight childhood cancer. Another provision authorized production of the Don’t Tread on Me plates, modeled after the Gadsden flag.

Christopher Gadsden, the designer of the yellow flag bearing a hissing snake, was a merchant and slave owner. He also built a wharf in Charleston, where an estimated 100,000 enslaved Africans landed in the United States.

These negative connotations pushed several Senators to speak out against the package despite a desire to support other plates that could bring awareness and funding to good causes.

Read more: https://kansasreflector.com/2021/03/25/dont-tread-on-me-license-plate-draws-concerns-from-kansas-legislators-for-vile-racist-connection/

Court record shows Kansas Senate majority leader drove 90 mph in wrong direction while drunk

TOPEKA — Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop was charged Friday with drunk driving and felony fleeing from police while traveling 90 mph in the wrong direction on Interstate 70 in Topeka.

The complaint filed in district court by the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office indicates the early morning escapade on March 16 ended after Suellentrop “willfully failed or refused” to stop for police.

The Wichita Republican was stopped by Kansas Highway Patrol officers after several 911 callers reported he was driving on the wrong side of the interstate. He was released from jail after a judge determined there was a problem with the arrest report.

The next day, Suellentrop announced he was transferring leadership duties to an assistant while resolving his legal matters.

He now faces a level nine felony for fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving, and traffic infractions for driving the wrong way on a divided highway and speeding.

Read more: https://kansasreflector.com/2021/03/26/court-record-shows-kansas-senate-majority-leader-drove-90-mph-evaded-roadblock/


Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop was booked Friday into Shawnee County Jail and released after posting $5,000 bond. (Shawnee County Jail)



5 dead in Little Rock apartment fire

Two adults and three children died as the result of a Geyer Springs Road apartment fire early Sunday, a Little Rock Fire Department spokesperson said.

Firefighters arrived at the Spanish Willow Apartments at 7510 Geyer Springs Road just after 5 a.m. to find an apartment unit fully involved with the fire spreading to the attic, Capt. Jason Weaver said.

During search and rescue efforts, firefighters located five unresponsive occupants of one of the involved apartments. Two adults, ages 28 and 29, were pronounced deceased on the scene while three juveniles, ages 4, 8, and 9, were transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital where they later died. The cause of death is pending the Medical Examiner’s Report.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire from spreading into other units, he said.

Read more: https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2021/mar/28/2-dead-little-rock-apartment-fire/

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